tudor queens series
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

The Thin Green Line The History of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC 1922-2001 by Richard Doherty

The Thin Green Line The History of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC 1922-2001


The Thin Green Line The History of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC 1922-2001 by Richard Doherty

The Royal Ulster Constabulary was born in June 1922 in the traumatic aftermath of the secession of the Irish Free State from the United Kingdom. This new force inherited the ethos, uniform and badges of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Over the next eighty years the RUC served Northern Ireland's people though war and peace and, from 1969, against a backdrop of sectarian insurrection when it was a principal target. Although the RUC had encountered terrorism before, this was on a new scale and the next twenty-five years saw some 3,000 fatalities, a figure which included over 300 RUC members.During this most testing period, men and women officers, as well as working with the Army and other agencies in an unremitting campaign against both loyalist and republican terror groups, provided normal policing cover. Where once a lone officer had patrolled a beat, the same role had now to be performed by a number of armed officers, often in armoured vehicles and always subject to terrorist attack. The RUC truly provided the thin green linei?? that prevented a descent into civil war and unimaginable chaos.In 1999 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II announced that the RUC's outstanding contribution was to be recognised by the award of the George Cross, echoing the recognition of the island of Malta's courage during the Second World War. To symbolise the Force's sacrifice, courage and endurance, Her Majesty presented the Cross in April 2000 to a young officer who had lost his legs in a terrorist attack in which a female colleague had been murdered.For political reasons the RUC GC was subsumed into the Police Service of Northern Ireland in November 2001 so bringing to an end an era of service to the community.If ever an organisation deserved its history to be recorded, it is the RUC and The Thin Green Line - The History of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC 1922-2001 is a most welcome and important memorial.

About the Author

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

19th April 2012


Richard Doherty

More books by Richard Doherty
Author 'Like for Like'


Pen & Sword Military an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd


320 pages




I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

Lovereading has all the new books and also suggestions for 'similar' authors whilst waiting for your favourites new books.

Carol Peace

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman